The New-England ALMANAC and Farmer’s Friend
Besides the Astronomical, Calculations, a variety of matter both useful and entertaining’
By Nathan Daboll A.M.
New London: Published and sold by Starr & Co. No. 54 Main St.
Starr & Farnham, Printers, 2 1-2 Main St.
New London Connecticut.
This Almanac has been ‘used’, in that there are inscriptions throughout by the owner that make it more personal:
- the monthly calendars have been marked up with the weather conditions of certain days (“3 (May) light rain and lightning”, “24 (December) snow heavy wind”…)
- Astronomical information
- High Tide at nearby locations
- Monthly calendars with sunrise, sunset, full sea, ….
- Courts in Connecticut
- List of lighthouses
- List of local Ships engaged in the Whale Fishery
- Household Department
- Border of front cover: Sheffield & Brown Dentists
- Back cover: Photograph & Ambrotype Rooms, C.F.E. Blood Dentist (illustration)
- Last 12 pages dedicated to advertising (some with illustrations): Pyles O.K. Soap, F.H. Coit Coal, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Pensions Bounty and Back Pay, Phoenix Guano, Dr. Sweet’s Infallible Liniment, Wheeler & Wilsons Sewing Machines,...
Complete with all pages and text.
Rodents have chewed both covers and on the LR corner, with corner paper missing throughout, but no text affected. Covers yellowed, some paper folds and nicks and rodent nicks. A few rust spots in the interior and folds. Many pencil notations (see above).
Nathan Daboll (1750-1818) was an American teacher who wrote the mathematics textbook most commonly used in American schools in the first half of the 19th century. During the course of his career, he also operated a popular navigation school for merchant mariners, and published a variety of almanacs during the American Revolution period.
Daboll was also quite notable for his maritime navigation school in New London, Connecticut where he taught navigation and nautical astronomy to as many as 1,500 seamen.